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false dilemma

Aaron Ross Powell, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, dissects a false dilemma that is frequently used against libertarian policies.

Libertarianism, Bill Maher, and False Dilemmas

A person commits it when he limits the available choices in an argument too much. You can pick between A or B, he says, when in fact there’s an option C (and D, E, and F), as well.

Libertarians bear some of the blame for this. Quite often when choosing our rhetoric, we have a tendency to focus on “not A” instead of saying, “B’s not good either, so let’s instead do C.”


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